Ministries: In Service to God
With nearly 15 masses every week, there are many opportunities to serve, and volunteers are always needed. Whether you are called to be a lector, Eucharistic minister or part of its wide-ranging music ministry, St. Paul needs you! For those who prefer a quieter role, we are always on the lookout for greeters and ushers, and participants for the Hospital and Homebound Ministry. And last, but certainly not least, the Sacristan always needs a helping hand.
Coordinator: Fr. John Meany, O.P.
Lectors are assigned according to one’s weekend Mass preference. They must be baptized and receiving Communion, dress modestly (business casual) when serving, and participate when scheduled or obtain a substitute. A clear speaking voice and a desire to proclaim and share the good news are important. Training will be provided.
Coordinator: Steven Caraher
Acolytes vest at least 10 minutes before Mass, light and extinguish the candles, and assist the priest at Mass. Servers must be baptized, receiving communion and participate when scheduled or obtain a substitute. Training will be provided
Coordinator: Fr. John Meany, O.P.
Eucharistic ministers assist the priest in the distribution of Holy Communion. They must arrive at Mass at least 15 minutes early in order to receive any last-minute instructions and prayerfully prepare for the ministry. We need 55 ministers each weekend. Training will be provided. Ministers will be scheduled based on their Mass preferences
Coordinator: Hershal Willia.m.s
Volunteers of all ages assist and welcome all visitors and new parishioners to St. Paul Catholic Center. Volunteers will be scheduled based on their Mass preferences, and will have a brief orientation showing them where helpful items (paper towels, first aid kit, etc.) are located.
Coordinator: Jennifer Pipher
The sacristan and volunteers create a prayerful environment for worship in the church throughout the liturgical year, especially in the seasons of Advent and Lent. Some tasks are carried out at home, such as laundering the small cloths (purificators and corporals) used during Masses, and some at church, such as light cleaning, maintaining the Holy Water fonts, candles, furniture, altar linens, acolyte robes and priest vestments. The team usually works on Wednesday mornings and maintains weekly and monthly checklists.
Hospital and Home-Bound Communion Ministry
Coordinator: Lisa Weidenbener
The Hospital and Home-Bound Communion Ministry is the shining light of Christ to all our sick, home-bound, and dying parishioners and their families. Volunteers make calls at hospitals, retirement centers, and nursing homes, and visit our home-bound parishioners. You may volunteer for one hour a month, or more, depending on your availability. Training is provided and the schedule is flexible.
For centuries, music has been an integral part of the Catholic liturgy and music ministers have a unique opportunity to enliven worship through song. The music ministry at St. Paul's is quite active and we are continually searching for those among us willing to participate and share the gifts that they have been given with the community. Whether you are a singer or an instrumentalist, there is ample opportunity for you to share your talent.
Coordinator: Maria Hagan
Phone: 812-339-5561, Ext. 210
Cantors, who lead the congregation in song, need both a pleasing voice and confidence to stand and lead the congregation. Cantors rehearse with the accompanist before the service they are to cantor. Typically, they are assigned a mass two to three times each month. Cantors must attend cantor training as required in order to be scheduled.
Instrumentalists of various levels of ability are welcome to share their talents, keeping in mind that a certain level of proficiency is necessary. Instrumentalists rehearse with the accompanist and cantor before the service.
Adult Choir: This ensemble is open to singers of all ages and levels of ability. The adult choir serves weekly at the 10:30 a.m. Mass from late August through mid-June. The choir rehearses weekly on Thursday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m., and gathers for warm-ups and rehearsal at 9:30 on Sunday mornings. In addition to their liturgical responsibilities, the choir performs three to four concerts each year. No audition required.
College students make up this choir which serves weekly at the 5:30 p.m. Mass during the academic year from late August through early May. The choir, which often sings contemporary liturgical music, gathers for warm-ups and rehearsal at 4:30 on Sunday afternoon. No audition required.
High school-aged students who are interested in participating in the music ministry are encouraged to consider joining either the Adult Choir or the College Choir.
Children’s Choir: The goal of the Children's Choir is to teach young people the language of music and artistic expression within the context of a Catholic community of faith. This choir will lead worship at the 4:30 p.m. Mass on Christmas Eve . The children rehearse three times in preparation for the mass. This ensemble is open to all children ages 5 and older. Parental supervision during rehearsals may be requested. Follow this link for the rehearsal schedule.